Mobile Apps for Language
What are mobile apps?
Programs that run on smartphones and other small-format
iPhone and iPod Touch (iOS)
Android OS (Google)
Nintendo DS (particularly for Japanese)
iPhone vs. iPod Touch
Can do Augmented Reality
iPod Touch (4th generation)
Limited Augmented Reality
iPod Touch (previous generations)
First generation = no recording capability
Why mobile apps?
Immersion in ‘everyday’ culture
Different perspectives on news
Use of language outside the classroom
Content for specific interests
Ideal for transition from intermediate to advanced
Where to find apps?
Finding French apps?
There’s an app for that! and
more than one site…
The cost of apps
Many have ‘lite’ versions that can be used in class
App Store Volume Purchase Program
Compare to cost of texts
Availability in class and out of class
Ideal: everyone in class has one
‘Pool’ for classroom use
Use in pairs, with students who have sharing with students who do not
Teacher has one that is passed around for small-group work
Individual tasks as homework with computer-based alternatives
Comprehension and discussion
Compare texts and podcasts
Code de la Route
AATF app evaluation / activity site?
Information about other platforms
Link with work on games in